Vintage Dresser Mirrors Before & AfterVintage dresser mirrors offer a great opportunity to upstyle a dated look with paint, glaze, and distressing.   They offer a  great opportunity to think outside the box!

Take this matching pair with their 70’s style.  Originally mounted on a dresser, I recently found them forgotten in a back corner of a used furniture store.  I immediately saw the potential.

Whenever I refinish mirrors, I always remove the backing behind the mirror, and take the mirror out of the frame.  This frees me to refinish without concern of needing to tape the glass, and deal with potential bleeding of paint.

Removing the mirror also allows me to paint the back side of the frame that the mirror glass rests against. Along this area, the edges reflects the inner frame surface.  When painted, it eliminates the look of a painted finish that’s not complete.

Before painting, both frames were spray primed using Zinnser 1-2-3 Bulls-eye primer. The mirrors were painted Turquoise and “Herb Cornucopia”, a Lowe’s Valspar sample that is a pale green.  Next they were glazed black, then distressed, which popped out not only the white primer, but the original dark finish of the mirrors.

After applying one coat of water based polyurethane, the mirrors were place back in the frame, and the backing reattached using wood screws.  I’ve found screws works best as attaching with nails can cause the mirror to break due to the force of using a hammer.  Once in place, heavy duty wall mounts were attached, making the mirrors ready to place on a wall with a bold and one-of-a-kind pop of character!

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